Research Investigates New Technologies For Elderly Drivers

A team of researchers at Newcastle University have created a car aimed at studying the reactions and habits of older drivers. As we age, our reaction times slow which can make driving hazardous. Still, for elderly Americans living alone, driving is vital to getting out of the house, staying active, and taking care of oneself. The research car is fitted with tracking systems and bio-monitors to better understand the concentration and stress levels of older drivers. With a better understanding of the difficulties seniors face behind the wheel, the team at Newcastle hopes to develop new technologies that will make it easier for older adults to continue driving such as night-vision systems, speed adapters, and spoken navigation tools. Being able to improve the safety and security of older drivers will lead to more independent and socially active seniors. More here.

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